Thursday, May 11, 2006

Harris MIller is NOT a True Democrat - Reason #10

Reason #10: On WTOP radio in February 2006, Harris Miller criticized the Democratic Party for not treating criminals like criminals. Miller said, "Criminals need to be treated for what they are, as criminals. I know a lot of people in the Democratic Party don't necessarily agree with that..." (WTOP; February 16, 2006)

Harris MIller is NOT a True Democrat - Reason #9

Reason #9: In August 2001, Harris Miller sided with huge corp0rate interests in urging the U.S. Senate to block access to broadband Internet service for rural areas. (Communications Today, August 2, 2001)

Harris MIller is NOT a True Democrat - Reason #8

Reason #8: In May 2003, Harris Miller sent a letter to member of the U.S. Senate urging them to oppose a bill that would have protected corporate CEOs from being held accountable for their company's tax returns by allowing that CEOs need not sign their companies' tax returns. (National Journal's Technology Daily, May 15, 2003)

Harris MIller is NOT a True Democrat - Reason #7

Reason #7: In September 2003, Harris Miller was charged with organizing a campaign to cover up evidence that Diebold's touch-screen voting machines could be easily manipulated. According to Bev Harris, a writer investigating severe problems with the machines following Al Gore's 2000 defeat by George W. Bush, Harris Miller reportedly told a meeting of voting machine manufacturers that it was important that the media never found out about the voting system's shortcomings. Miller was quoted as saying that he "didn't want a document floating around saying the election industry was in trouble." Miller lobbied for the industry. (Salon.com, September 23, 2003)

Harris MIller is NOT a True Democrat - Reason #6

Reason #6: In April 2001, Harris Miller praised Republican President George W. Bush as a "new leader" who was "demonstrating his leaderhip of the new economy." (The Australian, April 3, 2001)

Harris MIller is NOT a True Democrat - Reason #5

Reason #5: In February 2003, Harris Miller sent a letter to Treasury Secretary John Snow, indicating his support for George W. Bush's tax cuts to the ultra-rich. (National Journal's Technology Daily, February 26, 2003). Miller also said on WTOP radio in February 2006 that he thought making Bush's tax cuts permanent was a "great idea."

Harris MIller is NOT a True Democrat - Reason #4

Reason #4: As a corporate lobbyist, Harris Miller publicly backed the nomination of ultra-right-winger, John Ashcroft, as Attorney General. In January 2001, Miller sent a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman, Orrin Hatch (R-UT) urging swift confirmation of Ashcroft, claiming Ashcroft posessed "impeccable" credentials. (Computer Reseller News, January 15, 1991).

Harris MIller is NOT a True Democrat - Reason #3

Reason #3: As a corporate lobbyist, Harris Miller has contributed thousands of dollars to Republican members of Congress including Republican House Speaker Dennis Hastert, Senator Spencer Abraham, Senator John Sununu, and Rep. Billy Tauzin. Many of the contributions went to Republicans at the very time these members were voting to impeach Democratic President Bill Clinton. (Federal Election Commission Records, Washington D.C.)

Harris Miller is NOT a True Democrat: Reason #2

Reason #2: The publication Information Week went so far as to call Miller the "anti-Christ" to unemployed tech workers because of his long record of outsourcing jobs and his strong anti-union statements and positions. Miller was even accused of producing a fake study purporting to show that Ameria had a shortage of IT workers (http://www.techsunite.org/offshore); Business Wire, March 23, 1998).

Harris MIller is NOT a True Democrat - Reason #1

Reason #1: As a lobbyist for rabidly anti-union corporate entities, Harris Miller has a long history of being staunchly anti-union. On June 4, 2001, Miller wrote a blistering attack on unions published in Network World in which he attacked "union bosses," "collective bargaining," and "seniority systems." Miller even claimed that "union membership would minimize job flexibility, reduce the ability to negotiate wages and stifle...creativity." The story caused one labor official to characterize Miller as, "truly one of the bad guys" and to conclude that Miller's "anti-labor, anti-worker activities...find him unfit for any kind of labor support."

In October 2003, Cox News Service reported that Miller supported outsourcing of jobs for "a fraction of the cost" while contending that American workers should be willing to accept less pay in order to keep their jobs from going overseas. (Network World, June 4, 2001; letter from Washington labor leader to Virginia AFL-CIO, February 6, 2006; Cox News Service, October 20, 2003)